“It’s possible the Redmi K30 Pro would launch in 2020, while the standard K30 would break covers before the end of this year”
At the Xiaomi’s Developers Conference in Beijing, the company’s CEO Lei Jun detailed the company’s march towards 5G smartphones in China. The top executive also clarified that Redmi K30 with dual-mode 5G support would indeed be launching in December. However, he didn’t reveal any hardware specifications. This comes as a surprise since Redmi general manager Lu Weibing in a recent Weibo post mentioned that Redmi K30 would launch next year, which caused some confusion among fans. It now seems that Redmi K30 will launch in December 2019, while its Pro sibling would break cover next year.
At the Mobile Global Partners Conference recently Lei Jun stated that all the Xiaomi phones priced above RMB 2,000 will have 5G support and also said that the company would launch at least ten 5G phones in 2020. Xiaomi is also expected to debut affordable 5G phones in the first half of 2020. On the other hand, the Redmi K30 would support both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) dual-mode 5G. It rocks a punch-hole display to house dual-selfie snappers. A live image of a mysterious Xiaomi phone with an elliptical cutout for dual selfie cameras was spotted recently too. While it’s believed to be the Redmi K30, there’s not enough evidence to back it.
The Redmi K30 is expected to come with a MediaTek 5G chipset, but there’s also a chance the company might use Qualcomm 5G chipset if it becomes available. The reason behind this is that when Qualcomm first announced the Snapdragon 7xx series chipset with dual-mode 5G SoC through a Weibo post, Redmi responded to it stating that it would launch the first batch of products featuring the chipset. At this point, however, it’s best not to draw any conclusions and instead wait for Redmi or Xiaomi to reveal more information.